Junior Jog

The Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog is Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:30 am. Register Now!

Packet pick-up for the Junior Jog takes place Friday, October 14 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm as a part of the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo in Hy-Vee Hall (Hall B) at the Iowa Events Center. Packet pick-up will also be available Saturday, October 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the registration tent located on the concourse behind home plate at Principal Park.

The Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog features a family-friendly out and back course along the warning track at Principal Park, weather permitting. Distances for the Junior Jog vary based on academic grade level, however children may participate in the distance that is best suited for their personal development.

GradeDistanceStart Time
5th and 6th7/10 mile9:30 am
3rd and 4th1/2 mile
1st and 2nd1/4 mile
Kindergarten and younger1/8 mile

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REGISTRATION SPECIAL Entry in the Junior Jog is $10, or $5 if an adult registers for the Mercy Live Up Loop, to be held at 8:00 am.

AGE APPROPRIATE RUNNING Slightly older children still interested in participating in a running event race weekend may be ready to enter in the Principal 5K Road Race or the Mercy Live Up Loop 5 Mile Run as a run/walk participant with a parent or adult guardian. Children between the ages of twelve and fourteen may even consider training for the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. The IMT Des Moines Marathon encourages safe and proper training for any of our running events. Consult a family physician before embarking on any type of running program with your children.

The Road Runners Club of America does not recommend for a child younger than the age of fourteen to attempt completing a long distance running event such as the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Their bodies are not developed enough physically to meet the demands of this level of strenuous activity and endurance. Examples may include leg muscle development and electrolyte replacement. FUNdamentals of Youth Running

TOBACCO POLICY For the safety and enjoyment of all participants and spectators the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Run and Justin Roberts concert will be substance-free. The family-friendly concert is free for all to enjoy. All alcohol and tobacco products are prohibited at this event. Tobacco includes, but is not limited to: cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snus, snuff, etc. This tobacco and alcohol free policy applies to all event participants, volunteers, and spectators while in attendance.

Appropriate signage will be posted in visible areas along the course on the day of the event. The event planning committee, event participants and volunteers will be notified of this policy. Anyone found in violation of this policy will be asked to refrain from use or will immediately be dismissed from the event.

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